It may be a sibling of the supremely desirable new Sportage hatch but it has none of the SUV’s appeal or presence.
That makes it all the more frustrating – Kia’s cars have done well to outgrow the label of Korean Tupperware but the Cerato sets the brand back again.
Hard plastics abound inside and it has the soul of a pile of socks. Relatively cheap but not too cheerful.
PRICE R185 995
ENGINE 1,6-litre four-cylinder petrol; 91 kW; 156 Nm
PERFORMANCE 0-100 km/h in 10,3 seconds; top speed 190 km/h; 6,6 litres/100 km